It can be truly difficult to find a perfect handcrafted gift for dads and grandpas, but we think one of these ideas is sure to hit the right crafting and giving note with some of the men in your life… Don’t forget to comment each day to WIN prizes, and tweet #handmadeholidays anytime this week for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!

Make It

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Check out this stylish Driver’s Cap from Ashley at Bandy Canyon. It’s a simple project that any guy would appreciate.
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Amy of Positively Splendid designed these Golf Club Headcovers for her husband and assures us that working with vinyl isn’t as difficult as one might think.
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Your guy will brighten any room with a dashing tie using Georgia’s tutorial for The Best Men’s Tie Pattern from Puking Pastilles.
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Help them carry their load a little bit easier with this Firewood Tote from Laura of We Wilsons, guest posted for Whip Up.
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We love these vintage Father & Son BBQ Aprons from 1945 which can be found on Therese’s blog, Tipnut.
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Here’s another quick and easy project perfect for those who are directionally challenged. This Iphone Navigation Holder from Kristel of Vlijtig will help them arrive safely.
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Lexie’s Tool Apron is great for a variety of projects since she makes it easy to customize according to your needs. You might also want to check out Lexi’s book:  Sew What! Bags which we gave away earlier in the month. 

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Sit Back & Relax, Write, Remember, Ties & Belts, Gifts for Sports Fans, and more Gifts for Dads.

Here are just a handful of fabrics we love for some of these projects. Click on the fabric images to visit the Sew,Mama,Sew! shop:

Buy It

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Andrea of Sacred Suds allows you to customize the perfect gift set of Handmade Men’s Soaps. Each set includes any three soaps from her wide range of scents, a wooden soap dish, and is beautifully wrapped in re-usable fabric.

Mix It

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Packed with fruits and nuts, Dinner with Julie’s Christmas Stollen is a simple yet satisfying bread recipe.

Print It

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Add a touch of elegance to your gifts with these Printable Deer Gift Tags from Kellie of 74 Lime Lane.

Win It

Tweet #handmadeholidays anytime this week for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!

Comment in today’s post for a chance to win one of these books! Visit our prize lists to see some of the other great giveaways this month.

By Kaari Meng, Marcia Ceppos, Jon Zabala
(Chronicle Books, $24.95, ISBN: 9780811868907)

From the Publisher:

French steel-cut beads, mother-of-pearl buttons, spools of vintage ribbons . . . This exquisite book showcases the decorative bits flea-market hunters dream of. Hundreds of photos reveal rare European notions from the craft community’s most beloved emporium, Tinsel Trading Company. With these vintage baubles as her inspiration, Kaari Meng shares projects that crafters can make with their own flea-market finds or with contemporary materials they have on hand: a button charm bracelet, whimsical petite prize medals, an heirloom-worthy memory book, shimmering handbags, and more. Kaari’s colorful inspiration boards lend design guidance, while her tips and resources help notion-lovers build up their stash of treasures.

By Amanda Blake Soule
(Trumpeter, $15.37, ISBN: 978-1-59030-595-9)

From the Publisher:

In Handmade Home, Amanda Blake Soule, author of The Creative Family and the blog, offers simple sewing and craft projects for the home that reflect the needs, activities, and personalities of today’s families. As Amanda writes in the introduction, “As a crafter, I’m always looking for the next thing I want to make. As a mama, I’m always looking for the next thing we need—to do, to have, to use—as a family. The coming together of these parts is where the heart of Handmade Home lies.”

Filled with thirty-three projects made by reusing and repurposing materials, all of the items here offer a practical use in the home. From picnic blankets made out of repurposed bed sheets to curtains made out of vintage handkerchiefs, these projects express the sense of making something new out of something old as a way to live a more financially pared-down and simple life; lessen our impact on the earth; connect to the past and preserve a more traditional way of life; and place value on the work of the hands. Also included are projects that children can help with, allowing them to make their own special contribution to the family home.

More than just a collection of projects for handmade items, this book offers the tools to create a life—and home—full of beauty, integrity, and joy.

Fairy Tale Knits: 32 Projects to Knit Happily Ever After
By A. Stewart-Guinee
(Wiley, $24.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-26268-9)

From the Publisher:

32 whimsical patterns for children twelve months to eight years

Two timeless traditions-fairy tales and knitting-come together magically in the season’s most original knitting book. You’ll get patterns to knit pieces that are reminiscent of the world’s most beloved fabled characters, including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Robin Hood, Hansel and Gretel, knights, pirates, and many more. From a fanciful capelet and muff to a playful baby jumper and hat, these are the children’s knitting patterns dreams are made of.

Richly wrapped in the look and feel of a real storybook, Fairy Tale Knits is saturated with lush photography and a beautiful full-color design. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced knitter, these 32 imaginative projects truly make for knitting happily ever after. You’ll get

  • 32 patterns for innovative projects kids will love to wear
  • Designs that are wearable for everyday school and play
  • A full-color design featuring lush photography

Fairy Tale Knits is a sophisticated and enchanting knitting book you and your children will turn to again and again.

Fresh Quilting: Fearless Color, Design, and Inspiration
By Malka Dubrawsky
(Interweave, $26.95, ISBN: 9781596682351)

From the Publisher:

Make a big impact and brighten up any room with fun, contemporary, and functional projects exploding with exhilarating color! Fresh Quilting presents 20 brilliant designs featuring quilt artist Malka Dubrawsky’s intoxicating color and unexpected palettes. Learn to create beautiful and lively pieces for you and your home–from modern quilts and fun pillows to a flirty bag and cute scarf. Malka will teach you how to adventurously and confidently mix colors and prints, and you’ll be inspired to infuse your own brilliant palettes into each project, and discover just how irresistible and beautiful contemporary quilting can be!

Green Grocery Bag Challenge

The Green Grocery Bag Challenge is a project to encourage sewists to wrap their holiday gifts in reusable cloth grocery bags, thus reducing the amount of wrapping paper entering the waste stream while simultaneously getting multi-use bags into the hands of consumers. Please include Mother Earth in your holiday plans. Read more here and join us on The Green Grocery Bag Challenge Facebook page where we’ll be posting wrapping ideas, sewing patterns and tips for reducing waste this holiday season.

More Handmade Holiday Ideas (& don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool!)… Gift ideas for:

17 ~ Hipsters
16 ~ Pet Lovers
15 ~ College Students
14 ~ Teachers
13 ~ Foodies
12 ~ Deck the Halls
11 ~ Sleepyheads
10 ~ Travelers
9 ~ Preschool Kids
8 ~ Outdoor Adventurers
7 ~ Tweens
6 ~ Crafters
5 ~ Deck the Halls
4 ~ Moms & Grandmas
3 ~ Babies & Toddlers
2 ~ Girlfriends
1 ~ Imaginative Friends

We respect the copyright of all crafters. All links and photos from blogs on our Handmade Holidays posts are used with permission.